According to the American Veterinary Dental College, over 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of three. Unfortunately, many pet owners are unaware of these statistics and neglect their pet’s dental hygiene.
Annual Cleanings are Essential
The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends annual dental check-ups for pets, just like we have for ourselves. During these anesthetized evaluations, we examine your pet’s teeth, gums, and mouth via dental x-rays and probing. We scale and polish your pet’s teeth and make recommendations about any additional needed interventions. We also give you recommendations for at-home care, such as brushing your pet’s teeth, providing appropriate dental chews, or feeding a diet that is beneficial for oral health.
The American Animal Hospital Association states that starting dental care at an early age is crucial for preventing future dental problems. Regular dental cleanings and good oral hygiene practices will help keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy, reducing the risk of developing dental disease and other health problems.
Tips to Maintaining Dental Health
1. Brush your pet’s teeth daily using a pet-specific toothbrush and toothpaste.
2. Offer dental chews or diets that help clean the teeth and massage the gums. Make sure you choose products proven to be safe and effective by checking for the Veterinary Oral Health Council’s (VOHC) seal of approval. We have several VOHC products for sale in the clinic and on our online pharmacy.
3. Avoid items that commonly damage teeth, like antlers, bones, or excessively hard toys.
4. Schedule regular dental check-ups with your veterinarian.
Maintaining dental health in our pets is essential for their overall well-being. Don’t neglect this important aspect of pet care. Take action today and ensure your furry friend has a healthy smile for life!
Learn more about our Comprehensive Oral Health Assessments & Treatments, also known as dental cleanings!